Archive for May, 2017

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Keith Bradley led the study tonight

We considered God’s covenants in the Old Testament and what promises are held in the New Testament.

What promises and oaths of allegiance do we still take today?  We considered promises by the Scouting movement, the vows of marriage, oaths of allegiance by MPs and the police compared to the New Years Resolutions we make.

Sunday 21 May 2017

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Led by Rev, Suzanne Nockels

Continuing the theme of simplicity Suzanne asked about our relationships with God.

How do we get on with each other based on two passages from James 5 v12 – ‘all we need to do is say yes or no’ and God’s speech from Hebrew 6 v13ff.

Suzanne asked us to put ourselves in the place of  New Testament letter writers Paul, James and John. What would we think important to include in our letter? Would it be the triviality of church life or dangers of division or dodgy leadership.  As we approach a General Election we hear our politicians being questioned in the media and squirming to avoid giving clear yes or no answers.

Our social fabric is fraying as truth is taken lightly. If truth is important why do we lie, possibly because we fear the consequences. A clear example is in the case of Moses and Aaron.

In scripture Paul clearly identifies God cannot lie. God promises to be merciful and forgive our sins. When we tell the truth we align ourselves with God but we recognise how hard truth can be. Even Peter who lived alongside Jesus Christ lied.

We must face our own vulnerabilities, inviting the spirit of truth into our lives identifying what is motivating any lies we tell. Tell God first then face the truth, then understand if the truth is exposed it may cause embarrassment but it wont kill us.

Sunday 14th May 2017

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Leader : Mandy Boyes
Reading : John 14 v 12-23
Humans have always needed to pray – when in difficulties or for a friend in need – if things seem impossible for us,  we pray for help.   It is a necessity in the hearts and minds of those who believe.
in v 13 of the reading Jesus promises to do whatever we ask him to do
v 14    he confirms he WILL do it.
Prayer is like a secret weapon.

There is a hymn :

Have we trials and temptations?                                                                                                                  Is there trouble anywhere ?                                                                                                                            We should never be discouraged                                                                                                            take it to the Lord in prayer.                                                                                                                       Can we find a friend so faithful                                                                                                                who will all our sorrows share ?                                                                                                           Jesus knows our every weakness                                                                                                             take it to the Lord in prayer”

India Evening 10th May 2017

Friday, May 12th, 2017

About 35 people gathered to enjoy indian food and a talk by Sister Lucy on the Maher Ashram organisation in India.

There is a huge task awaiting Maher Ashram, the task of changing the attitude of society, especially of men towards women. This is a gigantic task. Maher is therefore not just a project. It is a vision of a new society where men, women and children have opportunities for growth, education and happiness

Thanks to Bernie for organising a fulfilling and enjoyable evening whilst also raising over £300

Sunday 7th May 2017

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Leader : Suzanne Nockels
The Universe – do you know the highest mountain? the deepest sea ?? No-one knows how big the universe is – all we know is that we are but a minute part of it – it is up to us to put God at the centre of things – to appreciate the  things in life around us – not centre our thoughts on ourselves.
Readings : Genesis 1 – Creation
Romans 8 – 19-21
Nature      Gods creation       is all around us do we appreciate it ? God saw that it was good when he formed everything – do we call it good?
Adam means earth creature – we come from the earth – from dust – but what makes us different – we are made in the image of God.
Job was a good man who led a good life but God allowed him to be troubled – he lost all – but he realised that he was not very important and put God first then things fell back into place for him.    Creation is the foundation of being a christian – it matters – do you appreciate the creation around you ?